Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Checking in....

Well, I'm still alive and kicking. We've gotten a few things moved into our new house already. There are things I like and dislike about the house. I do have to say that it helps with the unpacking as it's very similar to where I'm moving from. I can easily put most stuff back in the same place as it was :)

The movers are coming tomorrow. We'll pack their truck as much as possible and then my car. All other stuff (I'm sure it will be stuff like chemicals, lawnmower, etc...) we'll come back Sunday or Monday to finish getting as I've still got to vacumn and shampoo the carpets. I have my own machines so it's no trouble and since my new house is completely tile, I'll have no need for them and will end up in storage.

As for my net situation...*sigh* I've got an appointment to have Wild Blue satelite installed on Saturday. That is, if I get the equipment in time. If not, I may have to wait until AFTER our cruise next weekend as they only install them on Sat or Sun. *grrr*
Cross your fingers, send us some prayers, or good mojo that all goes well the rest of this week. I'm really ready for this to be over. Our new house has some really good writing areas for me I'm hoping to complete a lot of stuff this last part of the year.

Everyone have a great week. I'll check in again when I can.

Oh! Don't forget my Dragon Riders 2: Reluctant Hearts coming out around Aug 12th!!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Grumbling

We start our move tomorrow :) But that's not what has me annoyed. Apparently we are moving someplace that doesn't have hi-speed. Even companies that say that they are available virtually everywhere don't have it in that area *sigh* I'm working on a solution, but it's not a cheap one *grr* So it may be a bit before I blog as I'll be busy packing/unpacking and then I have my lovely cruise that I'll need desperately.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I'm moving

I thought I'd drop a note to those who visit me to explain the many absences I'll have this month. My wonderful husband got a promotion so we are moving. It's only 80 miles from where we are now, but there's lots of packing to do, arrangements to be made, and then still deal with getting my children going in school next month (still debating to homeschool this year). I don't know how regular I'll be with posting, but I'll try to check in here and there.

Also, the beginning of Aug, my family will be off on a Disney cruise *whoo hoo* My children will spend their birthday in the Bahamas. How cool is that? I know we are going to have a blast. This isn't my first cruise, but it is my children's first one. :)

Oh, and my muse has decided to take a vacation as I'm busy with edits for Dragon Riders 2: Reluctant Hearts which is set for release Aug 12th!!!
So between that, moving, oh, and let's not forget that I'm coordinating not one, but three Excerpt Books for MFRW group.

I'll pick up again after my cruise.

And one last bit of news. Phaze is offering a contract for Trio of Tales: Bedtime Fantasies!! (It was previously put out with a different publisher titled- Trio of Tales: Erotically Ever After) It's looking at a January release. I've done some work on it and have decided to make it a Trilogy. This will be the first. The other two will be BDSM themed and Menage themed. Each with three classic tales revised. ;) We'll see how my muse reacts.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Another winner from my guest blogger day

First of all, let me say thanks to Devyn Quinn for coming by and spending the day here. I enjoyed learning about her as much as everyone else. And let me say, she's definately on my "gotta buy" list :-)

Second, congrats to Cherie J. *doing happy dance* Enjoy your book.

And third, but not last, I've chosen a winner to receive one of my available e-books. Winner's choice. And the winner is...

KRIS

Whoo hoo! Congrats! and email me your choice of e-book at marty@martyrayne.com -- you can see my book list on my site - http://www.martyrayne.com/

And finally, thanks to everyone who stopped by. :-D
Have a wonderful Hump Day!



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Winner of Devyn Quinn title is:

Thanks to random numbers, the winnder of the July 8th blogstop book is poster Cherie J. Cherie, please contact me at author@devynquinn.com with your mailing addy and the title you wish to have: Sins of the Flesh, Sins of the Night, Trio or Eros Island.

Thanks everyone for coming. Be sure and check my website at www.devynquinn.com for the next stop on the tour. Come on by and see some of the pets I keep and read a quick excerpt from Personal Possessions, my March 09 release.

Thanks, again, to Marty Rayne for hosting me on her blog. :)

Hugs to all!

Devyn

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Please welcome today's guest blogger, Devyn Quinn

Hello Devyn and welcome to Erotic Times. Thank you for being my guest blogger today. I’m looking forward to this fun day.

Devyn: Thanks for having me, Marty. It’s a pleasure. J

Marty: When did you start writing? What made you try to become published?

Devyn: I started writing when I was about 12 or 13 years old, after devouring all the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Cherry Ames and Vickie Barr books that had ever been published at the time. I just knew I was meant to be a writer and I wanted to create worlds and characters that entertained and thrilled readers. Unfortunately, my parents weren’t happy with the idea and discouraged it. I put the idea away until my early 20’s, when I began to rework some ideas I’d had for a gothic series. It took another ten or so years to get published, though. Writing is something that always got put aside in my life. I’ve always had to come back and give it one more shot, though. Like a virus, I just can’t seem to get it out of my system.


Marty: You debuted with Kensington Books in March of 2007 with your book Flesh and the Devil. Was this the first time you’d been published? If not, what was your first book published?

Devyn: Flesh and the Devil was my first NY book, but it wasn’t my first published book. My actual first published book was released in 1995 through NPI, and sank like a stone when the publisher filed bankruptcy. In the interim, I began to learn about e-publishing, which was still an innovative idea in the early 90’s. Through the years, I have signed (and still am published) with several e-publishers. Flesh and the Devil was actually a short novella when I subbed to NY hoping to make a sale. The editor liked the title, but wanted a different concept. So I tossed out everything and rewrote from page 1, turning a novella into a novel as my first Kensington release.


Marty: I love how you use the tag of goth-erotic romance. Just saying it aloud sends a shiver up my spine. What is it that draws you to create these dark works of fiction?

Devyn: Even on the brightest day, when there is nary a shadow in sight, I see the darkest of things lurking in the background. I have a natural inclination to be drawn the occult and the supernatural. It’s the world I know best, so I have the desire to share it with readers.


Marty: Many authors have a “must-have” drink, food, music, or even pictures or items near them when they sit down to work. I personally work better with a Mountain Dew sitting next to me. J Do you have a “must-have”?

Devyn: My biggest thing is music. I have to have some kind playing in the background, something that speaks to the mood of the scene I am writing. I have everything from dark and dangerous (A Bach fugue) to modern bubblegum pop (Britney Spears) and even rap. And I must have my Red Bull or ice coffee within reach. Once I have those two things, I am good to go.


Marty: You’ll probably be asked this lots of times on your virtual tour, but who is your favorite character you’ve created? Is he or she modeled after a real person?

Devyn: My favorite character, hands down, is Morgan Satin-Evanston from my Eternity series. He’s a bipolar, alcoholic assassin with suicidal tendencies. Oh, yeah, he’s also the Grim Reaper, LOL. Is he modeled after a real person? Yes, and no. Morgan’s what I call my “Dirty Harry” side, my alter ego—that dark half of my mind where I’m allowed to run amok, think and do rotten things without finding myself in handcuffs heading toward prison. I like Morgan so much that I managed to stick him into Sins of the Night as a cameo character. Since he’s usually so serious in his own series, I decided to let him cut loose and have some fun.


Marty: Titles are always a challenge for me. Most of my WIPs go without a title until the very end. On your website you’ve got a list of stories that you “might write someday” and they all have titles. Do titles come with the plot ideas? How often have you had to change a title?

Devyn: Those are subject to change without notice. The titles are mostly my way of keeping them catalogued in my head. Should an editor send out a call for a certain genre, I can whip through my titles and see if I have something that might fit. That’s how I sold several novellas to Kensington. I had the titles and concepts in mind and was ready to submit the synopsis I have prepared. Many got to keep the titles I subbed them with, such as “Thunderstruck” in the Eros Island Anthology, and “Personal Possessions” in the forthcoming Dangerous Ties anthology (April ’09). Others changed as my editor had a better idea, such as “No Strings Attached” in the Trio anthology. It was originally titled “Indecent Exposure”.


Marty: You have a couple of ménage a trois stories available. Two men to one female. Have you ever thought about venturing into some male on male action in your books?

Devyn: I actually do male/male in my Kynn books, Sins of the Flesh and Sins of the Night. It’s also in Embracing Midnight, my forthcoming release in late Nov. And ‘No Strings Attached” in the Trio anthology also has male/male action, as one of the male characters is bisexual.

Interviewer's note: I just completed No Strings Attached and...whew...it was hot! I do believe Ms. Quinn has hooked me with her writing. :-P


Marty: You’ve received a number of recommended reads and awards. Is there one that delighted you the most or made you the most proud?

Devyn: I’m always stunned when I get one, so it’s hard to pick which one made me cry most, as they all make me cry. I’m also so grateful a reader or reviewer liked my book enough to give it special notice or an award.


Marty: What do you do to relax or have fun?

Devyn: My biggest thing is watching movies. I don’t own a television, as I find they distract from what I should be doing—writing. I do own a DVD player and I like to stretch out on the bed with a glass of wine late at night and watch a good movie or my favorite TV series, like Lost or Dexter. Sometimes I’ll just take a few days and watch a whole season’s worth of shows. My second biggest guilty pleasure is my magazines. I am a Cosmo ho, and have to have my monthly dose. I also love my Entertainment Weekly and Writer’s Digest. I make it point to ready daily, too, if only a few pages.


Marty: What’s your favorite place? (city, state, park?)

Devyn: My favorite place is right at home, parked in front of the computer and doing what I do best. Working on a new book. I’m not much of a traveler and with gas prices so high, I’m getting out less and less. It’s one of the reasons I decided to do a virtual book tour rather than try and drive to all the surrounding bookstores.


Marty: Where can readers find more about you and your books?

Devyn: Everyone can hop on over to www.devynquinn.com and take a look. I tried to design my site to be user friendly, but if anyone has problems they can email me at author@devynquinn.com and let me know if they have an issue.

Monday, July 07, 2008

My First Guest Blogger Tomorrow

I'm so excited. The wonderfully talented Devyn Quinn is taking over my blog tomorrow.

I'll have an interview I did with her posted tomorrow, along with a post over at Worlds of Mayhem about Ms. Quinn's story 'No Strings Attached' in the anthology titled Trio.
http://worldsofmayhem.blogspot.com/

And let's not forget prizes. Ms. Quinn is giving away a book to one lucky visitor while I'll be picking a name also to giveaway one of my e-books.

I'll see you tomorrow :-)

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!!

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I hope everyone stays safe on this wonderful holiday (for those in the US). I'm just spending the day with the family and chilling in the sun :-)

My July newsletter was sent out. Check it out for news and happenings this month... including my first guest blogger - Devyn Quinn on Tuesday July 8th.

Phaze is having a one day sale...only good for the 4th

Receive 20% off your order at Phaze. Just use the code: FIREWORKS08


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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Book-A-Day Giveaway today!

My print book, Lascivious, is part of The Romance Studio's Book-A-Day Giveaway today. (it says e-book, but it's a print book) Take a moment and enter.
http://www.theromancestudio.com/bad_form.php
You also have a chance to winning the other books too :-)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Second Chances ~ Epilogue

This is a day late. I sort of passed out after my son and his family left last night. Who knew a 6 month old and a 2 year old could be so draining. I don't remember my twins or even when I had all 4 boys together being this tiring. But I loved playing Nana :) Anyway, I went to post earlier today and ... the chapter was gone. As was the post for Worlds of Mayhem blog, and the last chapter I'd written for a WIP. :-o No where to be found on my computer. Not even in the garbage can. That too had been wiped. I'm thinking someone got on, something went wrong and they thought they were doing me a favor by cleaning things up. WRONG!
So I had to spend the afternoon re-writing. This isn't exactly what I had planned, but I couldn't remember everything I'd done before *sigh* So here's the end of Second Chances.

Epilogue
Six months later…

Zack stood in the middle of the empty living room, his fingers twitching nervously. Not knowing what else to do with them, he stuffed them in his pocket.

“This is going to be great,” he said to…no one. Zack took a deep breath. He was really doing this. The journey had been long and hard, but Dr. Parker was a miracle worker. She knew exactly how to handle him and his situation.

“Zack?” Ryan stepped through the open front door. He looked around and Zack watched his reaction closely. “Your message said to meet you here at six. What’s going on?” He looked around “Whose place is this?”

Zack swallowed hard. He wasn’t the only one who’d gone through hard times the last six months. Ryan too had his own demons to conquer. It took him two months before he’d go see Dr. Parker. Neither was cured and completely over what had happened, but they were both on the road to recovery. Together.

“Did you have a hard time finding it?” Zack went to the fireplace and touched the mantle.

Ryan cocked his head slightly. “No.” Zack was sure he would burst into flames from the intense gaze.

“There are two bedrooms down the hall. A spacious kitchen and an adorable back yard.” Okay, he was blabbering now. He couldn’t help it. This shouldn’t be hard, but he was finding it almost as difficult as kissing Ryan for the first time.

It wasn’t as if he and Ryan hadn’t lived together before. It’s just that since that night with Rob…well, Ryan stayed at his father’s house and Zack had moved in, once more with Charlie and Maria.

There was a time of touch and go. Both he and Rob were stuck in their own traumatic mental worlds, their relationship crumbled. Barely on speaking terms. Both grieving their own losses and in their own way.

Just when Zack was sure he would never be the same again, never rid himself of the chill that took up residence in his chest, Ryan called. That was three months ago, and they were back on track.

“What’s this all about? You’re starting to worry me.”

Zack let out a long sigh. “Just tell me if you like it.” He almost snapped, but held his patience. Something that he found hard to do at times, but was working on. He watched Ryan’s brows crease, but he started looking around. He even wandered down the hall, looking out the windows.

Ryan nodded. “Yeah. It’s a nice place. Now will you tell me why we are here?”

For a cop, Ryan could be dense sometimes. “I thought I’d let you see your new residence. Our home, that is.” Ryan stopped and stared. “I mean, if you’re ready. I know we talked about it a couple of weeks ago of trying to live with each other again, and well, I saw this and I thought it was…” His voice faded. Heart stopped. Oxygen struggled.

Silence. Zack had come to hate silence. Even when he painted he now had to have background noise or he heard the gunshot over and over. It was fading, but it would take more time.

“You and me live here?”

Zack nodded, afraid to speak further. Waiting.

Slowly, a smile lifted the corners of Ryan’s lips. “Home.” He turned in a circle. He nodded. “Yes. Yes.” He stopped and met Zack’s waiting gaze. “Yes. Our home.”

Relief catapulted through Zack. Most of his fears being laid to rest. Tears gathered in his eyes.

In the next breath, Ryan was there, wrapping his arms around him, and pulling him close. “I love you, Zack. I don’t know what I did to deserve you, but you’ve been the best thing that has come into my life.”

Insecure doubt tried to creep in, but Zack pushed it away. Yes, Ryan had had another love in his life before they met. And Zack thought Rob had been his love. Fate had other plans for them.

“I’ve never felt as complete as when we are together, Ryan. I love you. I feel like we’ve been given a second chance at life and love.”

Ryan grazed his lips over Zack’s. “Perhaps, but I do know that I want to fall asleep with you in my arms and wake up to your beautiful mug every day for the rest of my life.”

Zack sucked in the scent of Ryan, body and mind aroused. “That’s doable. I think we should start right now.”

“Definitely.” Ryan agreed.

They kissed, hands roaming, cocks hardening, and lives mending.

THE END